I was fortunate enough to be able to attend three of the four Takeover Brooklyn events during their stay at the Barclay's Center the last few years. This doesn't include the most recent Takeover in Brooklyn because it was called Takeover: New York and Brooklyn. Though this was the event that I was unable to attend I did still watch it from home and I remember when an Undisputed Era was born.
One thing that makes wrestling different then other professions is the ability we have as fans to look back at past events and see how far some talent have come since the event in question. The first person on the card that catches my eye is Hideo Itami, because he's no longer with WWE and is tearing it up in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Poorly timed injuries and never really being able to build momentum is what killed Hideo's chance in WWE. It is interesting to note that everyone on this card has made their main roster debut at this point, but Johnny Gargano is the only person still in NXT.
Upon a new signings arrival to WWE fans always ask the question "How will WWE mess up this big signing?" Sometimes they do surprise us and not mess up someone we expected them too and in my mind that is the perfect way to describe the Undisputed Era. Nobody expected or at least I didn't expect Adam Cole, Kyle O' Reilly and Bobby Fish to be given such a push right away, but they came at a time when NXT needed a shot in the arm and they got it big time. Undisputed Era is still one of the top reasons to watch NXT and will bring that momentum with them when they finally make the move. Either way it's interesting to see how far Kyle, Adam, and Bobby have come in the last two years with WWE.
In the past I had done a few DVD reviews, but it has been a long time since the last one and I really did miss doing it. So I had some DVD hadn't seen laying around and decided to finally give it a watch and of course I wasn't disappointed. Now I don't this to be taken as I am a mark for Bruce Prichard or anything, but there is no doubting that Bruce is very direct and honest with his answers also can be extremely entertaining. In my opinion, overall Bruce Prichard is one of the best impressionists in wrestling being able to do a handful of different talent very well. I have not seen a bad edition of the timeline series and as always this is a fun and interesting trip into the wrestling time machine to a bygone era. In the DVD they discuss:
- The Advent of Brother Love
- Celebrities at Wrestlemania
- Steroid issues during the period
- Undertaker's Debut
- Randy Savage and Elizabeth's relationship at the time
- Slaughter's Heel turn and new gimmick
- Jesse Ventura being fired and his replacement
- Andre's Health at the time
and Much Much More!
As always wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. These two are very different talent and had two very different careers while they worked in this great business. Sometimes we encounter those that deserve to be remembered and acknowledged. I would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today and especially to the one featured below.
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